Positions

Overview

  • Dr. Anita R. Tucker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire in the College of Health and Human Services. She is the Co-Coordinator of UNH's Dual Masters Degree in Social Work and Kinesiology: Outdoor Education which prepares graduate students for careers in adventure and wilderness therapy. In addition, Dr. Tucker is the Associate Director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Center for Research where she is responsible for the promotion of research, accreditation and risk management in OBH and adventure therapy programs. She is also responsible as a Co-PI for the National Association of Schools and Program Practice Research Network, the largest ongoing aggregate database of outcomes from participants in wilderness therapy, residential treatment and therapeutic boarding schools across North America.

    Dr. Tucker's research focuses primarily on the process and outcomes of OBH (also referred to as wilderness therapy) and community based applications of adventure therapy. In addition to her work with the OBH Center, she is the Research Director of the Ohio Adventure Therapy Coalition Evaluation, looking at the impact of integrating adventure therapy groups into existing child welfare and behavioral health agencies across 13 counties in Ohio. In addition, she is actively involved in conjunction with Dr. Christine Lynn Norton at Texas State University evaluating the impact of the Wilderness School in Connecticut, the only state funded wilderness program in the continental US.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2019 Adventure therapy and its impact on the functioning of youth in a community settingSocial Work with Groups.  42:127-141. 2019
    2019 Family Enrichment Adventure Therapy: A Mixed Methods Study Examining the Impact of Trauma-Informed Adventure Therapy on Children and Families Affected by AbuseJournal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.  12:85-95. 2019
    2018 A qualitative gender analysis of women field guides' experiences in outdoor behavioral healthcare: A feminist social work perspective.Affilia: Journal of Women in Social Work.2018
    2018 Longitudinal Outcomes for Youth Transported to Wilderness Therapy ProgramsResearch on Social Work Practice.  28:438-451. 2018
    2018 The effectiveness of outdoor behavioral healthcare with struggling adolescents: A comparison group study a contribution for the special issue: Social innovation in child and youth servicesChildren and Youth Services Review.  88:241-248. 2018
    2018 Facilitative coaching: a guide for youth sport leadersLeisure/ Loisir.  42:129-148. 2018
    2018 Learning through the adventure of youth sportPhysical Education and Sport Pedagogy.  23:280-293. 2018
    2017 Infusing a Peer-to-Peer Support Program With Adventure Therapy for Adolescent Students With Autism Spectrum DisorderJournal of Experiential Education.  40:394-408. 2017
    2017 Changes in Late Adolescents and Young Adults' Attachment, Separation, and Mental Health During Wilderness TherapyJournal of Child and Family Studies.  26:511-522. 2017
    2017 Cultural issues in adventure programming: applying Hofstede's five dimensions to assessment and practiceJournal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning.  17:307-320. 2017
    2017 Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare: Its Impact on Family FunctioningJournal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.  1:21-40. 2017
    2016 Adventure Therapy: Nondeliberative Group Work in ActionSocial Work with Groups.  39:194-207. 2016
    2016 Family Therapy in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare: Current Practices and Future PossibilitiesContemporary Family Therapy International Journal of Family Therapy.  38:32-42. 2016
    2016 The Impact of Wilderness Therapy: Utilizing an Integrated Care ApproachJournal of Experiential Education.  39:15-30. 2016
    2015 The Role of Transport Use in Adolescent Wilderness Treatment: Its Relationship to Readiness to Change and OutcomesChild and Youth Care Forum Child & Youth Care Quarterly.  44:671-686. 2015
    2015 The Impact of Community Based Adventure Therapy on Stress and Coping Skills in Adults.The Practitioner Scholar: Journal of Counseling and Professional Psychology.  4:1-16. 2015
    2014 An Exploration of Gender, Client History, and Functioning in Wilderness Therapy ParticipantsResidential Treatment for Children and Youth.  31:155-170. 2014
    2014 How Presenting Problems and Individual Characteristics Impact Successful Treatment Outcomes in Residential and Wilderness Treatment ProgramsResidential Treatment for Children and Youth.  31:135-153. 2014
    2014 Adventure Therapy With YouthJournal of Experiential Education.  37:46-59. 2014
    2014 Body composition changes in an Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare programEcopsychology.  6:174-182. 2014
    2013 The Use of Adventure Therapy Techniques by Clinical Social Workers: Implications for Practice and TrainingClinical Social Work Journal.  41:333-343. 2013
    2013 On BelayJournal of Experiential Education.  36:93-105. 2013
    2013 The Use of Adventure Therapy in Community-Based Mental Health: Decreases in Problem Severity Among Youth ClientsChild and Youth Care Forum Child & Youth Care Quarterly.  42:155-179. 2013
    2013 A new phase for the NATSAP PRN: Post-discharge reporting and transition to the network wide utilization of the Y-OQ 2.0Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.  6:7-19. 2013
    2012 Effects of Program Differences With Wilderness Therapy and Residential Treatment Center (RTC) ProgramsResidential Treatment for Children and Youth.  29:202-218. 2012
    2011 Shifts in Attachment Relationships: A Study of Adolescents in Wilderness TreatmentChild and Youth Care Forum Child & Youth Care Quarterly.  40:499-519. 2011
    2011 Enhancing Fidelity in Adventure Education and Adventure TherapyJournal of Experiential Education.  33:258-273. 2011
    2011 Four Years Along: Emerging Traits of Programs in the NATSAP Practice Research Network (PRN)Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs.  1:10-18. 2011
    2010 New heights: Adventure-based group work in social work education & practiceGroupwork.  22:24-44. 2010
    2009 Adventure-Based Group Therapy to Promote Social Skills in AdolescentsSocial Work with Groups.  32:315-329. 2009
    2008 Attention to Treatment Fidelity in Social Work Outcomes: A Review of the Literature from the 1990sSocial Work Research.  32:185-190. 2008
    2006 Assessing treatment integrity: A case exampleFamily Preservation Journal.  9:23-38. 2006
    Best Practices for working with transgender clients in Outdoor Behavioral HealthcareSocial Work in Mental Health
    The process of wilderness therapy: A focus group explorationJournal of Adolescent Research

    Chapter

    Year Title
    2018 Blazing a trail..together: The need for mentoring and collaboration among women in outdoor leadership..  801-813. 2018
    2017 Engaging families in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare..  263-283. 2017
    2017 Program evaluation for health and human service programs: How to tell the right story successfully..  425-441. 2017
    2015 1999: History of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Research Cooperative..  119-126. 2015

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2017 Gender oppression and liberation experienced by female guides in outdoor behavioral healthcareProceedings of the 2017 Symposium on Experiential Education Research (SEER).. 9-11. 2017

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    Teaching Activities

  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2019
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2019
  • Adventure TherapyFacillitation Taught course 2019
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2018
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2018
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2018
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2017
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2017
  • Adventure Therapy Taught course 2017
  • Research Methods in Soc Work Taught course 2017
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2016
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2016
  • Research Methods in Soc Work Taught course 2016
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2015
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2015
  • Topics/Adventure Therapy Taught course 2015
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2014
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2014
  • Data Analysis and Statistics Taught course 2014
  • Introduction to Social Work Taught course 2014
  • Research Methods in Soc Work Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. Political Science & Government, Dartmouth College
  • M.S.W. Social Work, University of Michigan
  • Ph.D. Social Work, Boston College
  • Full Name

  • Anita Tucker